Yellowish white with the eyes red.

M. Furo, Desm. Mammal, p. 178. Ferret, Shaw, Gen. Zool. vol. i. p. 418. pi. 98.

Dimensions

Length of the head and body one foot two inches; of the head two inches six lines; of the ears six lines ; of the tail five inches six lines.

Description

In general somewhat smaller than the polecat, and of a more slender shape ; the snout is also proportionably longer: colour of the fur bright yellow, here and there tinged with white ; sometimes a mixture of white, black, and tawny, with the tail entirely black.

Originally a native of Africa, from whence imported into Europe. Known in this country only in a domesticated state, where it is much used in the destruction of rabbits and rats. Supposed by some to be a mere variety of the polecat; but independently of the differences above mentioned, the circumstance of its being a native of a warmer climate seems to militate against that idea. Habits similar to those of that species.